Updated: Apr 16
1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
This chapter deals with fornication. It starts with the verse quoted above. Encouraging young men to keep the commandments of God. This is a very difficult age to go through. I know I went through it. There is temptation all around and it has always been this way.
5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.
6 For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,
7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,
8 Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,
9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:
10 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.
Here is a warning about a being naïve and led away by lust. A young man who is simple and lacks understanding is seduced by a prostitute. God forbids this kind of behavior and does not want people committing acts of fornication, especially his chosen people.
12 Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)
13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,
14 I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.
15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.
16 I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.
17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.
19 For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:
It says she was lying in wait, she is on every corner. Fornication is pervasive and the temptation is all around. She already has the sacrifices ready for the sin they are about to commit. She propositions him to come to her room for sex until the morning. She assures him that her husband is not coming home. This is full blown adultery, which violates the marriage covenant. This is serious sin in the eyes of God.
21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;
She flatters him with her speech and he goes with her to her room. Not knowing what he is setting himself up for with God. This behavior is going to have to be punished, maybe with death. It says as an ox goes to slaughter, that is serious.
25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.
26 For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.
27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.
He goes on to say many men have been slain by her. These were weak men or wounded. They did not have Gods righteousness or strength in them. It ends by describing her house as the way to hell. Men are often led away from God by women and there own uncontrolled lust. These men are caught young more as boys really. They never find God because they corrupt themselves at a young age. They are led away by their lust and go after the things of this world. A saved child of God can bring forth the chastening of the Lord if he engages in this type of behavior, which could result in death.
8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.
9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.
This chapter starts out praising righteousness and Godly virtue. It says wisdom is better than rubies. We are as believers instructed to live a God pleasing life and are responsible for gaining knowledge of him.
13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
18 Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
Here Jesus talks about salvation. Loving him is believing in him. When he says those that seek me early shall find me. This refers to the fact that most people who get saved and believe on Jesus for their salvation do so at a young age before the world over takes them. It is very hard to bring a elderly person to the Lord. Sin has often hardened their heart and they are set in their ways. He goes on to talk about the riches of the lord that last forever in heaven. Jesus also talks about how he is everlasting and was there when the earth was created in verses 23-31.
32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.
Again Jesus encourages us to keep his ways, to live Godly lives. If we do, he is faithful to bless us. He tells us that he is the way to heaven and life. Anyone who is an unbeliever will find death. Also believers who sin against the Lord can be killed if they don't stop.
This chapter again ties back to chapter 7 in dealing with fornication. We are again introduced to this women who leads away the simple. She prepares a place for them in her home, which is not a good place. We then veer towards a different topic.
8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.
12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.
We go back to the familiar theme of these chapters, the wisdom of the Lord. Through Jesus your years will be multiplied, which is eternal life. If you choose to be a scorner you will have to bear the consequences.
13 A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.
14 For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,
15 To call passengers who go right on their ways:
16 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
17 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
18 But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.
We end the chapter back with this women, tempting men. Simple men go unto her not realizing all her guest are in the depths of hell. This is serious stuff. This kind of behavior is common place today and these people are literally in hell but they don't even know it. Pretty scary stuff.
I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for reading it. I will leave you with the gospel.
I Corinthians 15
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: